Welcome to ATI East Village
I am very excited to welcome you to ATI East Village. We are an innovative middle school serving students in grades 6-8 and would love to share more about our vision.
We welcome students and families seeking personalization, academic excellence and a wonderful supportive, values-driven learning community.
We have created an extraordinary school that encourages and supports students to take responsibility for their own learning. Our team of talented and dedicated educators challenge students to do their best work by nurturing students’ natural curiosity and encouraging joyfulness every day.
The opportunity to collaborate with everyone – students, parents, and educators – to build a culture, and programs, that are rooted in real world challenges, is a gift. The school's commitment to a liberal arts curriculum that is relevant to the 21st century is particularly exciting, and it is reflected everywhere.
I hope you will take some time to read through this website to learn about our unique programming and see our students at work and play. But there is nothing as real as experiencing our campus for yourself.
And so, if you’re considering the Academy of Thought and Industry, you’ll come and visit and see for yourself how ATI supports each and every student to excel at the things that matter to them.
I look forward to meeting you.
Head of School, ATI East Village
In 1907, in San Lorenzo, Italy, Dr. Maria Montessori had a radical idea. What if we “follow the child” and let their interests, curiosity and engagement with their environment drive their learning? What if we create an approach to education that systematizes the inputs that a student needs to follow her curiosity, independently work with her mind and her hands, and realize her inner potential?
Today ATI East Village is proud to build on this educational tradition by bringing to life a Montessori-inspired middle school for engaged adolescents, serving students in grades 6-8.
Our vision is rooted in a deep belief that students — in the context of a supportive, challenging and enriching community — are capable of extraordinary learning and extraordinary work. We aspire to be a community where students thrive intellectually, emotionally, and relationally and leave ATI prepared and capable of creating lives of purpose, value, and joy.
Our vision for adapting Montessori principles to the adolescent context isn’t fanciful. It requires coordinating and aligning principles and practice. It requires thoughtful and deliberate attention to balancing structure and flexibility. It requires maintaining expectations of excellence with adaptability for how to achieve it. It requires a commitment to learning ideas, skills and practices that are foundational to navigating our world while also providing students with the space and support to pursue excellence in their unique interests and passions.
Our vision is bold and aspirational; it is our life's work. We feel lucky to do this deeply meaningful work each day alongside our students. We hope you might be as inspired as we are to pursue this vision and to join us in re-imagining what a middle school can be.
Our ATI values align our staff, students and families to a set of ideas and practices that inform and enliven how we collaborate, communicate and support each other. We aspire to bring these values to life each day in our work together.
The ATI Network
ATI East Village is a part of a network of ATI schools, with campuses in Austin, San Francisco, New York and St. Louis. Collectively, we are creating the future of middle and high schools in collaboration with Higher Ground Education, the leading global organization committed to modernizing and mainstreaming the Montessori movement.
The ATI program was founded by Michael Strong, one of the most experienced designers of innovative school programs in the U.S. His past projects include Montessori secondary school program design at The Judson Montessori School (San Antonio), The Emerson School (Palo Alto), and Hacienda School (Pleasanton). Michael has authored two books including The Habit of Thought: From Socratic Seminars to Socratic Practice.
If you are interested in bringing ATI to your city, please contact Scott Taylor, Executive Director of ATI Schools.
Careers at ATI
If you're interested in a career in administration or teaching at ATI, we'd love to talk further with you. We currently have the following openings at our schools.